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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Bird Struck! Orioles

Family Devotional

Day Thirteen

“Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.” Psalm 119:105

The Latin word for “golden” is aureolus, and it became the root for the word “oriole.” When Lord Baltimore was the governor of Maryland in the 1700s, his coat of arms used the same colors as the orioles’ plumage.

Emily Dickinson has a poem about them.
                        “To hear an Oriole sing           
                        May be a common thing
                        Or only a divine.”

Orioles are also known for the beautiful hanging nests they make. Jesus told His disciples, “Let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father” (Matthew 5:16).

Our common everyday lives can be divine also when we live by the golden light of God’s truth.

Whether we’re doing an outside work that people can see, like helping to build homes or feeding the homeless, or doing an inside work on our hearts, like forgiving a friend who said unkind words to us, we are creating something beautiful.

And creating beauty helps everyone to see God’s light.

1. Build a small birds’ nest for your backyard or windowsill.

2. Or make a colored paper one to give to a friend and fill it with some special treats to let them know you appreciate them.

Read More
Psalm 90:17
Matthew 5:14-15
1 Peter 2: 4-6

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